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  • I like Martin Buber's main proposition that we may address existence in two ways:

    - that of I towards and It. towards an object that is separate in itself, which we either use or experience;
    - and that of the I towards Thou, in which we move into existence in a relationship without bounds.

    Human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships. All of our relationships, Buber contends, bring us ultimately into relationship with God, who is the Eternal Thou.

    If Thou is used in the context of an encounter with a human being, the human being is not He, She, or bound by anything. You do not experience the human being; rather you can only relate to him or her in the sacredness of the I - Thou relation. The I - Thou relationship cannot be explained; it simply is. Nothing can intervene in the I - Thou relationship. I - Thou is not a means to some object or goal, but a definitive relationship involving the whole being of each subject. The inevitable fate of Thou is to become an It.

    Love is a subject - to - subject relationship. Like the I - Thou relation, love is not a relation of subject to object, but rather a relation in which both members in the relationship are subjects and share the unity of being. The ultimate Thou is God. In the I - Thou relation there are no barriers, and this means that man can relate directly to God. God is ever-present in human consciousness, and manifests himself in music, literature, and other forms of culture. As previously mentioned, Thou is inevitably addressed as It. Because of this, the I - Thou relation becomes the being of the I - Thou relation. God is now spoken to directly not spoken about.

    God is the worldwide relation to all relations. There is no world that disconnects man from God. What this is a world of It alone. The individual's action is guided by I - Thou. "One who truly meets the world goes out also to God."
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